Many refer to Jesus as the “Rose of Sharon,” a name that speaks to the majesty, beauty, and healing power of our Lord. The five petals also symbolize the wounds of Christ on the cross. The flower is not of the rose family but more likely of the mallow family. Many scholars think the best guess is the cistus or rock-rose. The cistus blooms in various parts of Palestine, and is well known for its soothing aroma and pain-relieving qualities.